Dracula's Daughters

Dracula's Daughters

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Almost as long as cinema has existed, vampires have appeared on screen. Symbolizing an unholy union between sex and death, the vampirea€”male or femalea€”has represented the libido, a a€œrepressed forcea€ that consumed its victims. Early iconic representations of male vampires were seen in Nosferatu (1922) and Dracula (1931), but not until Draculaa€™s Daughter in 1936 did a female a€œsex vampirea€ assume the lead. Other female vampires followed, perhaps most provocatively in the Hammer films of the 1950s, a€™60s, and a€™70s. Later incarnations, in such films as Near Dark (1987) and From Dusk till Dawn (1996), offered modern takes on this now iconic figure. In Draculaa€™s Daughters: The Female Vampire on Film, Douglas Brode and Leah Deyneka have assembled a varied collection of essays that explore this cinematic type that simultaneously frightens and seduces viewers. These essays address a number of issues raised by the female vampire film, such as violence perpetrated on and by women; reactions to the genre from feminists, antifeminists, and postfeminists; the implications of female vampire films for audiences both gay and straight; and how films reflected the period during which they were created. Other topics include female vampire films in relationship to vampire fiction, particularly by women such as Anne Rice; the relationship of the vampire myth to sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS; issues of race and misogyny; and the unique phenomenon of teen vampires in young adult books and films such as Twilight. Featuring more than thirty photos spanning several decades, this collection offers a compelling assessment of an archetypal figurea€”an enduring representation of dark desiresa€”that continues to captivate audiences. This book will appeal not only to scholars and students but also to any lover of transgressive cinema.following essay was the first chapter I wrote for my book Vampires and Violets: Lesbians in Film (1992), but it was written as a stand-alone essay a full five years earlier, in 1987. That was back in the early days of the nascent lesbian and gayanbsp;...

Title:Dracula's Daughters
Author:Douglas Brode, Leah Deyneka
Publisher:Scarecrow Press - 2013-12-24


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